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won't run for re-election. harkin has been in the senate since 1984. president obama issued a statement saying harkin will be missed while republicans started licking their chops at the prospect of gaining a senate seat. >>> a major gift for mayor michael bloomberg. $350 million to john hopkins. $100 million is earmarked for financial aid for students in need. bloomberg has given more than $1 billion to the school since he graduated in the mid-1960s. >>> the hacked website of the u.s. sentencing commission is back up and running and the fbi is handling the case as a criminal investigation. the site was shut down for a couple hours yesterday. the hackers made it known it was pay back for the suicide of web activist aaron schwartz. he was facing federal computer fraud charges. >>> in egypt, at least 30 people were killed in clashes in. protesters were trying to storm a prison. they wanted to reach 21 people sentenced to death last week for their part in a deadly soccer riot last year. >>> moving to bangladesh a deadly factory fire killed seven, mostly women. a first floor exit
be aryaning on immigration reform, but it's so tricky that president obama is expected to issue few if any ultimatums in las vegas. eight sfenators, four from each party unveiled their step toward an agreement. conservatives aren't happy with it rerks jekting it as a form of amnesty. lawmakers are said to be working on a plan of their own. white house correspondent brianna keilar is looking at it. >> reporter: in 2011 president obama went to the border town of el paso to press for comprehensive immigration reform. >> out of many, one. we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. >> reporter: that went nowhere. now in a second term, the president is trying it again, heading to las vegas today to push for border security, a verification system for workers and punishment if they don't and the most significant and controversial part of the president's plan, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. it includes registering with the government, undergoing background check, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning english. a solution has alluded past presidents including george w. b
for and cherished and always safe from harm. >> president obama raised the issue of guns in america in his inauguration speech. dana, when we spoke last about guns it got fiery as it has done throughout this debate. the thing i was disappointed in you about was not the specifics of the individual proposals but the fact that you blanket said you wouldn't endorse anything he said about any type of gun control. now you have time to think about that. was there nothing that the president came out with any of the 23 executive orders or other proposals that you could at least consider? >> well, one of the interesting things about this, piers, is you asked me if i liked any of these. several of these 23 executive actions that the president had actually proposed are actions that democrats have actively ridiculed for four years. including nra. >> why would you not like background checks? >> who said i didn't like background checks? >> hold on. i asked you last time is there anything in this that you liked. and then you said there was nothing. now you said you may like background checks. did you misl
of that is acting on issues they most care about, these are issues that fit the obama coalition. if they can cement that in on a national scale, the republicans are in trouble. >> and margaret, you would agree the president believes this. it's not just politics. he believes in all of these things. >> i think so. i think he's sincere. i don't think there's anything insincere in saying that. it's politically convenient. >> fascinating days. appreciate you being with us. let us know what you think. we're talking about it on twitter. ahead tonight, her face belonged to manti te'o. the image of the perfect girlfriend. fictitious noti fictitious girlfriend we now know. >>> murder of four americans in libya. secretary clinton's fiery day on capitol hill. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or guys out for a walk that decided to go out and kill americans. what difference at this point does it make? it's our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. with so much competition, finding the
change, a lot of voters do, but these are issues that fit the obama coalition. if they can cement that in on a national scale, the republicans are in trouble. >> and margaret, you would agree the president believes this. it's not just politics. he believes in all of these things. >> i think so. i think he's sincere. i think he's earnest. i don't think there's anything insincere about saying that seneca falls, selma and stonewall. i think it's consistent with what he's stood for and it's also very politically convenient. >> it's fascinating days. congresswoman tammy duckworth, appreciate you being with us. margaret hoover, john king. let us know what you think. we're talking about it on twitter. @andersoncooper. >>> ahead tonight, her face belonged to manti te'o. she was the image of the perfect girlfriend. his fictitious girlfriend we now know. we're going to talk to the real woman whose stolen image stole his heart allegedly. >>> and next, on a much more serious note, the murder of four americans in libya and secretary of state clinton's fiery day on capitol hill. >> with all due
on an issue president obama calls a top priority for his second term. here is what senator mccain, one of the senators behind the plan, said yesterday. >> look at the last election. look at the last election. we are losing dramatically the hispanic vote, which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons. and we've got to understand that. second of all, we can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. >> mccain is talking, what some republicans call the 27% problem. obama had strong support from latinos, 71% to romney's 27%. and romney's showing is part of a bigger trend. republican candidates have steadily been losing latino support. 27% was down from mccain's 31%, which was down from george bush's 41%. considering all that, what is probably the most interesting thing about today's announcement was how much it looks like earlier efforts to end immigration reform. earlier efforts that were hardly bipartisan with the main sticking point being the a word, amnesty. >> i have never will and never have supported efforts for blanke
of these issues, going too far, alienating the white voters. but president obama won despite the huge deficit, there is a clear sense there, reflecting the ideas of what is the soci socially liberated whites, there is a clear challenge there. >> did it surprise you? >> no, i think it continued, as john king pointed out, many of the issues on the congressional politics are difficult. what the president is doing is identifying a kind of -- solidifying the properties of the coalition that approved the majority in five of the past six presidential elections. there is a risk for republicans, here, too. if they block the president's initiatives, they kind of deepen the problem. >> what about comprehensive, immigration reform, gay marriage? how difficult will those be? >> look, the coalitions are very similar, the groups that support him, the regions that support him are very similar. the one that he has the best prospects, immigration reform, after this last election, there are enough republicans, jeb bush, who see value for the party in trying to settle it. on things like climate and guns it will
refuses to federalize the issue. obama's speech, then, was sound and fury. you're here for your big conference and i just wanted to ask you when you were listening to president obama's inaugural address and heard the remarks, did you spike the football? >> i honestly cried. i was sitting on the steps of the capitol with my 11-year-old daughter and to hear the president inauguration after inauguration was a powerful moment. >> we're going to have to break away for just a second. here's secretary of state hillary clinton. >> i was very honored when john asked me to take part in this because john is is the right choice, to carry forward the obama administration's foreign policy and i urge his speedy confirmation. as we've heard from both the chairman and ranking member, as we just heard from senator warren, he will bring about a leadership that is ex am plear. he has acted as the young returning veteran from vietnam who appeared before this committee through the time that he served with such distinction as its chairman. he's been a valued partner to this administration and to me person
as the white house is working on its own immigration bill and president obama will address the issue tomorrow in las vegas. the bipartisan senate plan includes a path to citizenship, but illegal immigrants will have to undergo a background check and pay a fine and back taxes before gaining legal status in the united states. all that is contingent on securing borders. the proposal provides for increased use of drones, more personnel and improved infrastructure and it would create an employment verification system and improve the process for admitting needed workers. cnn chief congressional correspondent dana bash and cnn chief white house correspondent jessica yellin are working the story. dana, the tone was pretty optimistic up on capitol hill today. >> it sure was but, you know, we have seen this movie before, you and i, wolf, and a lot of other people watching this issue go kind of up and down with the partisan wins. but this is something that is different this time. because of something very simple. and that is what happened in the last election to republicans. particularly mitt romney wit
is speaking out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." a major speech on a hot button issue. president obama speaking out a while ago in las vegas about comprehensive immigration reform. his remarks come one day after a bipartisan group of senators laid out a framework for a possible bill that would be a path to citizenship to increase border security. but the president also made it clear if congress can't act quickly on that, he'll put forward his own bill. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by. detail for us what is in the president's proposal? >> reporter: wolf, detail is the key word. in the past, the president has been accused of standing for policy proposals short on specifics. not today. president obama laid out a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that would change the immigration system in three central ways. first, it would strengthen workplace enforcement, specifically by making it harder to hire illegal immigrants in the workplace and make it harder for illegals to get jobs here. secondly, it would create a path to citizenship f
there will be the emphasis on the enforcement side, but i think that obama will spend some political capital on the issue of how these 11 million undocumented aliens can become on the path to citizenship. >> and as someone who kns that process, who knows the complicated paperwork, who knows the frustration of waiting for the bureaucracy, do you think it can be done, you can have a path to earned citizenship, which somebody comes forward, gets first a green card, legal status and then in line for citizenship. can that be done in a way that is fair or as fair as possible in the sense that if there is someone who has been waiting legally, will the people already in this country actually go to the back of the line? that's what a lot of people suspect won't happen. >> well, the senate proposal and president obama have both said they will go to the back of the line. that line in some instances is years long for family reunification. it is one of the reasons that employers have said over and over that we need a simplified streamlined immigration system so that persons can be hired legally. and have a legal path
to figure out how many gallons spilled into the river. >>> it's one of the key issues president obama wants to tackle in his second term, immigration reform. now it seems the president may be getting a little help from a group of bipartisan senators who will unveil their immigration proposal today. here's how one of those senators, new jersey democrat robert menendez, summed up the likelihood the legislation will pass. >> first of all, americans support it in poll after poll. secondly, lat sin no voters pet it. third, the democrats want it. fourth, the republicans need it. >> joining me now is congressman steve israel of new york, chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> is menendez right? >> yes, he is right. and, look, we now have two of the three elms necessary to pass immigration reform. you've got a bipartisan group of senators, on the left and the right, who support immigration reform and will unveil their plan. you've got the president of the united states who will unveil his plan in las vegas tomorrow. now all we need are
was addressing the issue he talked about president obama's record. he really didn't directly address. he said, you know, i have been a friend of israel. he didn't deny he made the statements. he couldn't. he deferred to president obama's record. i think that's the safest bet for him. he took the right tact in terms of the answer there. >> all right. fran townsend, thank you. appreciate it. >>> an oscar-nominated movie is finding a receptive audience in a surprising place. talking about "argo." hollywood's take on a real life mission to rescue american hostages from iran back in 1979. the film is officially banned by the iranian government. but apparently a hot commodity under ground. bootleg dvds are all over the place. there is reportedly much debate about the accuracy of the story. bootlegged movie distributors say it is the biggest seller in years. >>> real life story of egypt's revolution is being written but there is one thing that's clear. the young behind the arab spring uprising are afraid that their voices are still not being heard. their anger boiling over on the streets in days of
to want to take it easy for a bit. >> president obama named four women to senior level white house positions yesterday as he kick starts his second term. we take a closer look at the president's track record on women's issues. >> the same day he named denis mcdone that his chief of staff. >> he set up my staff. he was able to show me where the restrooms were -- >> president obama named four women to senior white house posts, including prosecutor lisa monico, no doubt a down payment on this assuring words. >> i suggest you wait until you see all the appointments, who is in my staff and my cabinet before rushing to judgment. >> even if women fill the remaining posts, there's the question of priorities. in the inaugural address, he promised to expand opportunities for gays, lesbians, immigrants and women. >> our journey is not complete until our wives, mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. >> and on gay marriage, the president backs gay marriage and partner benefits. >> all must enjoy the same rights and same protections. >> he also met with immigration advoc
issues with the re-elections or elections going on in that country. president obama won and as a second-term president there is always a tremendous advantage of pushing the process forward. this phase leading up until the inauguration israeli elections has been called a hallmark stage. jordan with three leaders in europe, the british, the french and the germans are all marching towards washington february and march to say, mr. president, it's time to really engage on the palestinian process. prime minister netanyahu understands that and whatever he does to form his coalition, he's got to keep in mind that the international community strongly led by the europeans and hopefully with the united states is going to be knocking on his door and that of the palestinians to move the process forward. >> do you worry that in this election you did also have the rise of new voices in israel that openly talk about the permanent annexation of the west bank and gaza and talk about the fact that there is no palestinian state and that jordan is the palestinian state. >> since arab spring, at the beginnin
the support of our hispanic citizens. and we realize that there are many issues in which we think we are in agreement with our hispanic citizens, but this is a preeminent issue for those citizens. >> obviously, when you look at the election last time, president obama got 71% of the latino vote. mitt romney, 27%. is john mccain right? >> no, he really isn't. he's no more right this time than he was back in, what, '87, when he and another gang tried to put together a very similar bill. he and a member of that time of it was called the mccain-kennedy bill. very similar in every respect to what i have seen so far. i must admit i haven't seen the whole thing. from what i heard about it, very similar. at any rate, it's the same rhetoric, and it's just as wrong today as it was then. the reason, i mean, this is amazing, honestly. somehow, republicans, many republicans, mccain being one of them, have been led to believe that all we have to do as republicans is soften the stance on immigration, and we will begin to erode the democrat base that exists in the hispanic community. certainly, there
and 71% of latinos voted, in fact, for president obama. obviously that's correlated. >> i think the real issue that no one is talking about is the fact that we probably will extend an h 2 aing aagricultural visa process. and we could have a second class of worker that can't leave their employer. that's a dangerous precedent. >> it's fraught with abuse. not like they had a great history with workers, that's a good point too. >> sarah, can we cut to the chase here. 2007, totally different political landscape, and we had many conservatives absolutely using immigration reform as a way to, frankly, penalize other republicans. 2013, the politics have changed. that's why you have more republicans who are a part of this whole deal. isn't that really the driving force here? why it will be a lot easier than it was six years ago? >> yes. that's what i said at the outset. the election changed that, and a good example is my colleague, marco rubio, who i think has taken a very courageous stand, he is now one of the leaders that will give cover to a lo of the republicans have taken the opposite positio
this issue in general that the white house will welcome. president obama met on friday or spoke on friday, i should say, with the congressional hispanic caucus. that was ahead of what he's doing tomorrow. he's already put out his immigration plan but he's trying to build support for it, highlight it. he will head to las vegas to get that going tomorrow. but his plan, i will tell you, is similar to the senate plan. but there are some key differences and they have to do with that pathway to citizenship. we're expecting to learn more about exactly what the differences are. but the pathway to citizenship and also border security. as you heard dana mention there, ashleigh, these are the hottest of the hot button issues. so these differences are really something to pay attention to as we t get more details. >> maybe somewhat as dana had written in some notes earlier, somewhat of an insurance policy in case this current proposal doesn't get traction. i want to switch gears only because we have you there standing in the rain. there is going to be a flurry of activity and, again, the issue of gun con
: denis mcdonough has been a trusted adviser to president obama counseling him on foreign policy issues during the 2008 campaign and later as deputy chief security adviser. he was in the situation room during the historic raid that killed osama bin laden. >> it was quite a team effort over the course of this. the president obviously leading that team. >> reporter: now the president is poised to name mcdonough chief of staff. the person responsible for helping make his second-term goals a reality. it's a key role that requires the right fit as captured by the popular tv show "the west wing." >> you got a best friend? >> yes, sir. >> is he smarter than you? >> yes, sir. >> would you trust him with your life? >> yes, sir. >> that's your chief of staff. >> reporter: the 43-year-old mcdonough grew up in minnesota. one of 11 children in what he's described as a proud, catholic family. he's kept a low profile in the administration but won fans as a man of integrity. >> denis traveled extensively with the president. when you spend day in and day out with someone in a high stakes very stressful
was a year where we tried to keep the atmosphere positive -- internal issues with the re-election or the elections that were going on in that country. president obama won, and as a second term president, there's always an advantage of pushing the peace process forward. this phase, reeding up until the inauguration, israeli elections has been what we call the hallmark stage. in order has similar countries and with three leaders in europe, the british, the french and the germans are all marching to the president in march to say it's time to engage on this palestinian process. primary netanyahu knows that and whatever he does to form his coalition, he's going to keep in mind that his international -- is going to be knocking on his door and that of the palestinians to move the process forward. >> do you worry that in this election, you did also have the rise of new voices in israel that openly talk about the permanent annexation of the west bank and gaza, that talks about there is no palestinian state and that jordan is the palestinian state? >> i think since arab spring, you
willingness both in congress and the president to tackle this issue. >> i know the obama administration has had really high number of those who they actually deported. does the community, mexican american community think they adequately address that, they're not going after folks to bring them back to mexico? there there was a lot of people who were complaining to the administration because the president said, i'm going to solve the immigration problem once and for all. and the reality is that about 1.6 million people were deported from the country. but reality is, on the other side of the aisle, the republican rhetoric didn't do a much better with talk about self-deportation and making life in the united states so miserable to immigrants that they would have no other choice but to leave the country. and that's probably the reason why president obama got more than 70% of the hispanic vote. >> thank you. appreciate it. of course the push for immigration reform is gaining momentum. but some of the critics say not so fast. want to bring in joe arpaio of maricopa county, arizona. good to see yo
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, this is the noaa weather radio. >> good advice. thank you, jennifer. >>> our "talk back" question today -- obama skeet shooting on target or telling? frank says, "both sides are dug in on this issue. i don't know anyone who is on the fence. it won't change a thing except the republicans may add one more reason not to like him." this from phoenix, "so what? does he use weapons he wants banned? my god, some people make an issue out of everything." from dionne, "laughable but pathetic. an attempt to win over second amendment supporters." from bill, "congressman blackburn, do we need to know everything about the president? does he prefer knitting or crocheting? cut me a break, lady." and, "obama says he goes skeet shooting quite often. that's like me saying i rap on a daily basis and feel the violin on the weekend. y'all feel me?" keep the conversation going, facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. >>> you think an award, olympic gold medal made lebron's year? what he said at the white house about all of those accomplishments, put them in perspective. sfx: horn. ding. ding. how long have i had
to the spouses of gay and lesbian service members. >> that's been a big issue. we know that he's had a lot of closed door meetings trying to get some support. we know that president obama wants him in this position. who else is rallying to his defense? >> reporter: right now only one republican has publicly come out and said, hey, i'm going to support him. it's a republican senator from mississippi, but hagel has met with 60 senators. so he's sort of laid the groundwork and i think from what we're hearing, ultimately he's going to get the votes to move this through. >> all right, chris lawrence live at the pentagon for us, thank you very much. >>> about 16 minutes after the hour right now. i want to bring you up to speed on all the morning's top stories. here's christine romans with that. >>> a massive 1,000-mile-long line of massive and deadly storms targetsing the east coast. tornados, strong winds and flooding all threatening the south all the way up into new england. the damage is extensive. this is video from georgia, alabama, tennessee, kentucky. the storm killed two men, one in geor
previously supported the paycheck fairness act and the administration points out consistently obama care made health care more affordable to women in general. he will no doubt support women's issues and expanded equality. the question is, where will it come in the list of priorities? i should also point out, we're reporting silva matthews bruell, a woman who held several senior posts in the clinton administration is the obama administration's leading contender to run the omb. wolf. >> office of management and budget. thank you, jessica yellin for that. >>> indicakate bouldin is here. >> he is pushing to ban more than 150 types of assault style weapons. joe johns is looking into this it goes without saying, the vice president is facing a very uphill battle. >> absolutely true. talking gun control or as the white house likes to call it gun safety. he went to richmond, the heart of gun country, to talk about it the backers of the newly proposed assault ban are trying to come up with some messaging that could badly gin up support in congress. in an uphill battle for the assault weapons ban, both
sanctions against them. >> hillary clinton answering tough questions on the issue in benghazi. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> during her 5 1/2 hours of testimony, there was also intense criticism of her and the obama administration like this from a republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and found you did not read the cables from benghazi, did not read the cables, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. >>> we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did no
on that and then find other issues where on principle, we're still on with the american people and say here's the alternative and we have got a better one. >> there's some talk paul ryan said he thinks that obama is trying to delegitimize the republican party. >> republicans believe that their pathway is the right one to expand the american dream. these battles are going to continue. but showing the conservatism gets results and that liberalism has regularly failed is our best chance. and the best advise i give young voters. they graduate from college, they want a job. if you believe in that one, you're a young person, we should explain why these republican ideas of job creation, reform and higher education and reducing the american debt, we're the ones talking about that, young people, please vote for us. we have got to do a better job with it. >> i think part of the problem is that people sense or they think that if you're a republican, you believe in 15 p different things, but it's like a chinese menu, but all those things you believe in, and it's not true. i know pro-life republicans, i
something. >> reporter: president obama, who met with giffords tuesday, has promised action on the issue. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: putting forth proposals that include an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and the measure that is seen as most likely to go somewhere, background checks on all gun purchases, including private sales by owners. but there is resistance from gun rights advocates. wayne lapierre, the head of the nra, says the federal government is not enforcing its existing gun laws effectively and the answer is not more gun laws. >> none of it makes any sense in the real world. >> mr. lapierre, that's the point. the criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there will be a back grounding check. we'll stop them from the original purchase. you missed that point completely. i think it's basic. >> reporter: but can the president push a far-reaching law to tackle gun violence through congress? >> is he biting off more than he can chew? >> this is a president with a 60% approval
this will be fair, make certain we won't do something that will put more pressure on the obama care system and on the medicaid system that we have. that's an issue that's been raised by the health care community. >> we take you back to the original sticking point. the president's proposals and what we're hearing from the bipartisan group in the senate. big difference, phrasing from senator mccain, prerequisite, to you have to have the secure border and vis-a-vie dick durbin, saying through a commission of folks watching the border, reinforcing security, et cetera. you have to have that in order to begin the pathway to citizen shup. do you agree that has to be an almost of t element of the plan? >> american people are sick of hearing about human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking. >> we have been hearing about this for so long. >> this is where some lessons should be learned. let's end illegalent trooe into the country, regardless of what the reason is. we have learned about some of the terrorist organizations that have encampments near our southern border a
, 2011 saying i disagreed with president obama and his decision to surge in afghanistan. >> that was my personal opinion, yes. >> i thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you, senator mccain. senator nelson. >> since the issue of -- >> well, that is what you call some light and heat. dana bash continuing to monitor the hearings. dana, we expected it wasn't going to be a lovefest between these two very close former friends. i've heard the term badgering the witness before. that was some intense and very pushy questioning. >> yes, it was, to certainly say the least. maybe ironically, as two people who know each other well, and know the buttons to push maybe can accomplish. that's probably a lot of what we saw there. i think what is most important, when you bring this up to 10,000 feet to look at, personally, the words, but also the policy, these were two men who bonded over their service in vietnam. that's where they diverge. john mccain took from his experience in vietnam, that you should never leave a bwar unfinished. and chuck hagel took with him from vietnam that you should pull out when y
hand, she was caught with a foreign policy president, barack obama, who's the most withholding and controlling since richard nixon. he wasn't going to delegate many of the big-ticket items. i think shea made it out of necessity. she identified her own issues. i call them planetary humanism -- women's issues, gend gender issues, social networking, internet freedoms, press freedoms. they're all very important, 21st century issue, but they're not the kind of issues that get you into the secretary of state hall of fame. a very fine secretary of state nonetheless. >> and the benghazi, libya, situation will follow her, yes? >> absolutely. >> yeah. polls show she is one of the most admired women if not the most admired woman in the world. is she the front-runner for the white house in 2016 if she wants it? >> you know, i can't figure out what i'm doing next tuesday. four years is a long time from now. but the reality is, yeah, because she is a star. she has the intuition, the political experience, she has bill clinton, she has 18 million voters from the post primary period that will v
measures that president obama and vice president biden have put forward, but you want to see more done on mental health, right? >> it's honestly -- let's look at it this way. it's really two-pronged. we have an issue with assault weapons being available and the magazines being available. that type of firearm, that very large firearm, i believe it was originally created for the germans to fight the russians. i mean, when you look at that kind of firepower, that is not what a responsible gunowner normally is using to go out and perhaps shoot deer or whatever, you know. they don't need that level of firepower. secondly, we do have a tremendous issue -- if you look at the petri dish of what we're living in now after the newtown shooting and before that with aurora and before that, you know, in colorado, we're looking at young, mentally ill men right now, we're looking at that, and most of them very high functioning. and having various either spectrum disorders or other type of mental illness. and i think that as far as, you know, the responsible gun owner, i get it, but i'm also an adoptiv
on this story. >> a lot of movement, a lot of conversations happening, at least, on this issue. and gabby giffords, and her husband, right after the hearing that dana bash was telling us about, she and her husband, mark kelly, they met with president obama at the white house, and the white house sent out this photo of them talking in the oval office. they were talking about, as he told you, the issue of gun control. >> and right after that meeting at the white house, mark kelly came here to "the situation room" and joined me. first of all, let's talk about your wife. how did she prepare for that? because that's really the first time we heard her speak like that over these past two years. >> yes. she suffers -- gabby suffers from a condition called efacia because of the gunshot wound to the head, so he practiced. we only made the decision to come up here a few days ago, but she put in some time getting ready and actually crafting the speech herself. so she was involved in the writing of it, and you know, she worked on it. >> and we saw the hand-written notes, what her speech therapist had
know, this is a very technical legal issue. but when you cut through the goobleddy gook, this is a defeat for president obama and huge victory for the republicans in the senate. this say recipe for president obama to not be able to get through many of his executive appointments if this decision stands. >> these three people were seen to be pretty controversial because of their views and maybe, in some people's opinion, too pro union. and what now would be the republican response to this? >> well, they don't have to do anything. they won. president obama appointed these people. they were not approved by the -- by the senate. so what president obama did, he did what presidents have done for decades, which is he appointed them during a recess. they did a recess appointment, which means they can serve for about a year. what this court did, these three conservative republican judges, they said, that process is unconstitutional. that means president obama has no remedy for his appointees that don't get confirmed by the senate. that's a big, big problem for him. >> and this cou
and that is the fiscal issues, it's about jobs, jobs, jobs, i mean we win. that's what we need to stay focused on. >> i will say president obama was re-elected and that means in part to me that people are kind of into big government. >> i don't know about that. >> i disagree. >> i think many were going with the lesser of two evils with their choice at the ballot box, particularly independent voters but what they saw in mitt romney is they didn't have anything in common with him and didn't want to. and that was dividing up the country. 47% here, 47% there. let's have a fight over the nips and scraps and that's not a message that resonated. it's also a party that's extremely white, it was not reaching out to minority voters, insulting minority voter asnd with women voters. you cannot build a vole ligs when you're breaking down people like that. >> president obama was re-elected but also the house was re-elected overwhelmingly by republicans. >> democrats picked up some seats. >> we need to do a better job at reaching out to minorities articulating our message better. if you look at ted cruz in texas, he
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